Joe Stoddard

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Computerized Layouts Provide Structurally Sound Building Plans Computerized Layouts Provide Structurally Sound Building Plans

Computerized layouts help builders meet stricter codes and control lumber costs. More

Three Steps to Bulletproofing Your Data Before the Next Natural Disaster
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Three Steps to Bulletproofing Your Data Before the Next Natural Disaster

Industry consultant Joe Stoddard offers solutions for data storage — before... More

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Social Media Puts Builders Where Their Customers Converge and Converse Social Media Puts Builders Where Their Customers Converge and Converse

Companies look to create a sense of community about their products and neighborhoods. More

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To-Go Menu

Still fond of the days of clipboards and pencil stubs? Home building's subdivision culture can find mobile communications and its host of buzzwords, acronyms, and mutating “form factors” more than a little geeky scary. Nostalgia can't compete, however, with the strategic imperatives that wireless communication promises. As dramatically slower absorptions and weakening pricing threaten to compress margins, home builders are relying on reduced cycle time and increased efficiency, accuracy, and productivity to make up some of the gross profits they're losing on the volume and pricing side of the equation. Hoping to achieve those imperatives, big builders are embracing wireless technology and tools. The embrace can be hesitant, with good reason. Wireless technology suffers from drawbacks that seem almost intentionally designed to chafe builders. Connectivity, also known as coverage or service, is unreliable or nonexistent in many remote spaces where builders operate. More

Guilty With Explanation
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Guilty With Explanation

Why should home builders care about information technology (IT)? Well, when IT is... More

Barrier Free
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Barrier Free

Builders who can get a broadband connection installed in a sales model or a job... More

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Fair Share

With features built into Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft SharePoint Services 2003, the software giant has plugged into the next evolution of personal computing: collaboration that integrates a user's Microsoft Office applications with the Internet. More

A Serious Bargain
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A Serious Bargain

VectorWorks Architect has all the industry-specific features that builders expect:... More

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File Management Strategies

It's noon on Friday, and the company's project manager copies an important spreadsheet from the network file server to her laptop before heading out to the jobsite. Monday morning, the project manager shows up and saves her copy back to the file server, effectively wiping out all the work the company president did on Friday afternoon.If that sounds familiar, it's time to take a look at remote access and file synchronization/document control products. More

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Get Networked!

Just a few years ago, it was rare for small contractors or builders to have more than one computer in their office, not to mention extra desktops in the family room, laptops in the truck, or pocket PDAs. All three of them need to read, modify, and print a common set of Microsoft Word and Excel files that are too big to fit on floppy disks, and they would all like to access the Internet to check e-mail and research product Web sites. More

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